When I think of someone filled with joy, following their bliss and waking up every morning dedicated to living their life to the fullest, Jacki Carr is the first person that pops in!
What does your typical day look like?
A typical day, I can honestly say that I don’t have typical. I recently moved my big, beautiful life from Venice Beach to the Rocky Mountains of Denver! So let how about I tell you what today looks like. I was up at 5:17am to take my pups out, kiss my man good bye for work, sip butter coffee and get to the airport on time. I head to LAX to take a brand-consulting meeting in Carlsbad for the next two days. I will land down, rent a car and zoom over to Venice Beach to meet two coaching clients at TOMS Shoes Flagship Café on Abbott Kinney. From there, I pop in the car to try to beat the traffic towards San Diego and take a couple brainstorming calls in the car for my Imagine1Day: igolu Edition Ethiopia trip I am fundraising for in April! Check into my hotel and squeeze in a quick nap. Shower, get dressed and attend the brand design meeting for dinner, drinks and creative collaboration. A glass of red wine will be in order upon returning to my hotel bed, a call to say good night to my man and I will sleep really, really hard tonight.
What are some interesting things that people probably don’t know about you?
- I am all over Doreen Virtue’s Angel Cards these days.
- I may come across with a hard shell; yet I am pure putty on the inside, a total softie.
- I know every word and the drum solo to John Mellencamp’s ‘Jack& Diane’ song.
- I love peanut butter.
- I have a tattoo on my right wrist that say ‘listen’. I needed a permanent reminder.
- I cannot and will not watch scary movies, yet I can binge watch RomComs all day.
- As a people person, starting your own business can feel lonely.
Do you have any rituals/routines?
I believe my sweat practice is my daily ritual. On a run, hiking a mountain or in a yoga class, this is where I get clear. Most mornings I wake up slow with butter coffee and the Wall Street Journal. There is something magical about ink on the fingertips and big socks. I want to write that meditation is in there, but I am only just beginning so I will keep you posted on my practice and moving it into the ritual category.
What inspires you day to day?
Right now, I am so inspired by my relationships. As I embark on getting married and planning this major life event this year, I learned that I really have to lean. I am inspired by the way my fiancé loves me, with patience and the reminder to soften. I am inspired by my family, so engaged in my life planning and my future. And I am inspired by my tribe of radical friends who have booked flights, planned bachelorette parties and been a listening ear when I needed a shoulder and a glass of red wine. Inspired beyond by human connection, always.
How do you create?
I go live my life and truly choose the activities that bring me joy. My own life is a true reflection of how I am thriving or if/when in survival mode. The more creative I am, the more I know I have been living it well. And my personal stories really guide my blog content and leadership style. There is an accountability there to be in creation, living your work and tools to better land them for others. I love that responsibility and reminder to get out from behind the computer and go hike, meet a stranger at a coffee shop or adventure on a road trip.
What can we find you daydreaming about?
Oh goodness, I daydream often about my wedding (tying the knot in June!), my upcoming service trip to Africa with imagine1day, and my future children in our log cabin home going on hikes and being oh so outdoorsy.
What are some of your favorite books/websites/apps/magazines?
I am a total book nerd, you can check out my favorite on my book shelf over here. I love Brene Brown’s ‘Gifts of Imperfection’, Anodea Judith’s ‘Eastern Body, Western Mind’, and I am currently reading Diane Ackerman’s ‘A Natural History of Love’. I love Outside Magazine, Fast Company and the WSJ. Honestly, I love me some NPR and instagram for the app game.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
The best advice I have ever been given was when my Mom wrote on a post-it note on my makeshift desk in my Santa Monica apartment, “Sometimes in life, you have to get lost to be found”. For so long I thought I could create a direct path, know all the answers and set goals to create my ‘perfect’ future. I forgot that life happens when you are busy making plans and getting lost is part of the life game to know what you truly want and who truly brings you joy. Thanks Mom!
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